Quick Facts

How acquired
Work accident
Physical Impairment – Joint movement restrictions in lower limbs
Table Tennis
Date of Birth
July 7, 1960
Ayr, QLD
Senior Financial Planner
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Her mother and father

Career Highlights

Australian U14 Girls Singles Champion

Greatest Moment

Coaching her two nieces at the Australian Junior Table Tennis Titles and seeing them play for Australia


Andrea McDonnell grew up in Townsville, living and breathing table tennis. She would spend her weekends watching her parents compete at the local table tennis club, but never did she think that her passion would see her one day compete at the Paralympics.

Having reached junior national level as a teenager, Andrea enjoyed playing recreationally throughout her adult life, but it wasn’t until a workplace accident that impaired the movement in left leg and right arm, did she consider a career in sport.

Although it was more than ten years between her accident and starting sport again, Andrea was quick to make her comeback. In 2013, she was approached to compete and made her debut for Australia at the Oceania Para Table Tennis Championships in Canberra that very same year.

Having gone from strength to strength in both the singles and doubles titles, Andrea is now looking forward to making her Paralympic debut at the age of 55.

Nicknamed ‘Ducky’ by her baby nephew, Andrea is a very family-orientated person and counts her mother and father as positive influences on her life. She is one of six children, and enjoys spending time with her ever growing extended family.

Having watched her parents play table tennis at their local club, Andrea is proud to have passed on her passion for the sport to her nieces. She coached two of them at junior national level, and both of them have gone on to win singles titles, both of which she recalls as her greatest sporting moment.

Andrea’s ultimate goal in life is to compete amongst the world’s best at the Paralympic Games, and that herself and her children have a happy and healthy life. In 10 years time, she hopes to have retired from work and be living by the beach.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Table Tennis Disciplines: Singles Classification: 10
  • Sport: Table Tennis Disciplines: Team Classification: 10